Cast On: Connections Beanie (Dark)

So as not to lose to steam, I got my second Connection Beanie on the needles right away. This time the dark version.

I managed to get the long tail cast on on the second try and get it joined in the round without twisting it on the first try. It’s just slow going with the designers choice in ribbing. It’s beautiful but it requires me to pay attention and I don’t have a lot of that right now. It’s all a mental game and I’m doing my best not to get stalled out.

Happy Knitting!!

Emergency Thor Cast On

The hubs and Jellybean convinced me to see Thor: Love and Thunder on a whim this week. I like the Marvel movies so I was in, I just had one problem….I had no dark knitting! My Victorian Mauve Vanilla Socks were at the heel turn and not appropriate for movie knitting.

So I grabbed a skein of self striping from my stash and hand wound up the skein. I FEVERISHLY got the toe cast on and the increases on the needles with three minutes to spare before leaving for the show.

What you see is exactly one Marvel movie’s worth of vanilla knitting. This yarn is really interesting. The colorway is called UniZerbraCorn prototype from KirbyWirby. It has a warm colored rainbow variegated stripe, followed by a black/white zebra section that then is followed by the cool side of the rainbow.

It is fascinating to watch how this variegation inside the stipes works up. It pools in some areas and stripes in others. This dyer is a sneaky genius!

Happy Knitting!!

Sunset Knitting

The hubs and I took Jellybean and PB on a little summer vacation jaunt. Whilst they were sleeping off pool exhaustion the hubs and I snuck out onto the balcony. I used the dying light to get the brim of my Connections Beanie started.

I managed to get all 150 stiches on the needles and a few rounds of the pattern described ribbing on before I lost the light. It’s not normal vanilla 1×1 rib so its sorta slow going and I have to pay attention.

Heck, I’m just happy the hat is on the needles and I didn’t twist the work. And that I only had to do the long tail cast on twice, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Victorian Mauve Socks

I finished up my last Celebrate the Night socks and I couldn’t stand my sock needles getting too cold, so I pulled some recent yarn from my Hill Country Weavers purchase. This is a skein of BFL Tough Love Sock from La Bien Aimee. It’s just so pretty!!!

The plan is to work my “recipe” of 68 stich toe up vanilla sock with gusset heel that works well for this tonal/variegated yarn. Of course my first step is going to be wind up the skein, lol.

Happy Sock Knitting!!

Cast On: Connections Beanie

I have decided its time to dip my toe into colorwork. I have avoided it up until now for now good reason other than I wasn’t ready to learn. But I have two skeins of DK from The Shepherd’s Mill that have been calling to me to combine.

I have my pattern printed, needles pulled and I just need to wind the skeins up. The pattern comes with a light and dark version. I plan to cast on the light version first with the hopes that I could squeak out a dark version with the colors reversed? Might be a bold plan for my first colorwork project and expecting that much yardage management, lol.

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: GFOA Conference Hat

While tromping around Texas at my work conference, I found Hill Country Weavers and fell into some yarn. While killing time in the airport I cast on a basic worsted hat using some the Uneek Worsted yarn I bought.

I used 80 stitches on a US 8 needle and started working in stockinette. My plan is to have a folded hem and make a basic beanie from my own “recipe’. I only managed about two inches of brim during my flight as my isle mate was very talkative.

Still, I am loving how this hat is starting to work up! The yarn is very subtly striped and the colors are uniquely coordinate. I think this will be a very cool hat. Stay tuned!!

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Stark Effect Socks

After finishing my shorties last week, I found myself with no socks on the needles and a date night planned with my hubby. I conned him into taking me to The Lost City with Sandra Bulluck and Channing Tatum. So I hurriedly grabbed the first sock yarn I found and got a sock toe cast on.

This is a skein of String Theory Inertia Self Striping in the Stark Effect colorway. Its very neon and very spring/easter-y. I LOVE IT. And this much sock is exactly one movie’s worth of stockinette in the round.

I think I will knit a sock tube and cuff and then add an all black heel as a contrast. This project is just making me so happy. I will be sad when this one is over and might have to order another skein of this colorway…..

Happy Knitting!!!

The Next Shorties

After the first Standed Paintbox socks fell off my needles, I felt empowered to finish the sock tube and make another pair!

I managed to unwind the waste yarn from one end and use the live stitches from the opposite to unravel and re-knit two cuffs. My plan is to then split the snack in half to separate the two socks.

I am undecided at this point if I will rip back the exposed ends and re-knit toes or if I will add contrasting toe. I think I have enough sock tube to work with but I am decisioned out this week with work taking so much of my brain. I think I will set this aside until the decision comes to me!

Happy Knitting!!

Puppy Love Hat

I have been stressing at work so I cast on a new hat. Totally makes sense right!?

This is the Woof Worsted from Lilliput Yarn in the puppy love color. It’s a pink base with splashes of light and dark pink and lots of purple.

I am doing my “formula” worsted hat that is 88 stitches on US 8 needles. I worked 2×2 rib until I thought it looked good and now I’m just stockinette in the round to decreases! Easy peasy

Happy Knitting!!

Cast On: Stranded Paintbox Socks

After finishing my Goth Kitty socks, I wanted some socks back on the needles. But I decided to cheat a little and use a sock snake to get a jump start on a project.

I cut the sock snake and ripped back about two inches of the tube. I re-knit about an inch of cuff with the same yarn. It was very ramen-y but workable. I took the tiny yarn ball and I’m going to create the toe of the sock.

I have some black yarn I thought I would use for the heels. But I may decide to go monochromatic for these? I’ll have to see how I feel when I get there. I am excited to get a quick win. The only caveat I have is these are 64 stitch count circumference, which might be too small for my feet. These might be a gift pile…..

Happy Knitting!!